Children are always being told that reading books is good for them and they’re encouraged to pick up a book rather than an electronic toy because many parents believe that is the right thing to do but what do books teach our children? Are they good for them and how do they help?
A Rite of Passage
Learning to read is a vital stage in your child’s development and following some reading tips for toddlers will give you pointers on how best to help this along. It’s a rite of passage that every child goes through and some may do it faster than others but at whatever pace your child learns to read, the idea that books are to be enjoyed and cherished should always be shown and encouraged.
Learning to love books is the first step to learning to love reading.
Reading is a skill that builds on a child’s vocabulary and language skills. It also builds a child’s confidence as they have a new skill that opens doors and makes even the simplest of trips more fun as your child gets more out of them.
Set The Foundations
As parents we both enjoy reading and more often than not will read in the evening, outside in the garden or on the weekend after breakfast and our little one picks up on this. Seeing Mummy and Daddy enjoying a book goes a long way to setting a good example and whereas many skills require individual concentration, reading can be a very social activity from a young age as we sit down of an evening to read aloud to our toddlers. Let them join in and help turn pages, it doesn’t matter if they want to start from the middle or the back, or even if the book is much beyond their reading age and they fall asleep just looking at the pictures, if that entices them to sit down with a book then so be it!
There are many recommended reading lists available online for each age group which will include the most popular books and authors and you can also consult online resources such as Mommy Edition for more tips.
To encourage my 2 year old to read I never discourage his choice of book even if it means we end up reading certain books 3 times in a row. If he likes that book then we will read it over and over again! Give your toddler a wide range of reading materials and see what sparks an interest whether it be lift-the-flap books for toddlers, chunky picture books, touch and feel books or even Daddy’s car magazine! Make sure they’re accessible and within easy reach of small hands and your little one will be sure to grow to love books and reading.